Archive for August, 2016

Ranking the Top Candidates for 2017 High School Basketball Player of the Year

Posted by Scott Phillips on August 31 2016 Add Comments
With the school year beginning across the country, it is time to turn our attention to the high school basketball season.  While basketball won't begin for another few months as football dominates the national landscape, we can still start to imagine which players might be involved in the early Player of the Year race for the upcoming season. This list is dominated by seniors coming off big summers, but there are also a few juniors listed that ...

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Texas Longhorns Betting Odds, College Football Pick

Posted by OddsShark.com on August 31 2016 Add Comments
Texas had won 15 season openers in a row, going 8-4 against the spread over the last 12. Then last year, the Longhorns opened at Notre Dame, and that run of 1-0 starts got blown out of the water. This year, the Longhorns seek revenge as they host the Irish for the season opener Sunday night in Austin.          Point spread: The Fighting Irish opened as 2.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark ...

UCLA Bruins vs. Texas A&M Aggies Betting Odds, Analysis, College Football Pick

Posted by OddsShark.com on August 31 2016 Add Comments
In four seasons under head coach Jim Mora, UCLA is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread on its first road trip of the year. This year, the Bruins begin their season with a trip to College Station, Texas, to take on the Aggies of A&M at Kyle Field on Saturday afternoon. Point spread: The Aggies opened as three-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report). College football pick, via Odds Shark computer: 31.6-28.2 ...

Artist Risks Making CFB Fans Nauseous by Swapping Rivals’ Colors on Helmets

Posted by Kyle Newport on August 31 2016 Add Comments
Sports rivalries can be so heated that there are some people who completely eliminate their rivals' colors from their wardrobe. Rivalries are especially intense when it comes to the college level. Students and alums are passionate about their school, and they wear their colors proudly. And they don't take kindly to those on the outside who decide to have fun with the rivalry. At the risk of making students on college campuses around the country vomit, Twitter ...

Hawaii Warriors vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Odds, College Football Pick

Posted by OddsShark.com on August 31 2016 Add Comments
Just as teams must adjust when traveling to play at Hawaii, the Warriors have to adjust when they visit the mainland. Lately, they haven't done a good job of it, losing their last seven road games in a row and going just 2-5 against the spread. This week, Hawaii takes on a brutal challenge, traveling 9,500 miles away from where it played last week and visiting revitalized Michigan on Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor.   ...

USC Trojans vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds, College Football Pick

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Head coach Nick Saban knows how to get his Alabama troops ready for a fight right from the first punch. Over the last nine seasons under Saban, the Crimson Tide are 9-0 straight up and 8-1 against the spread in season openers, often playing quality competition. The defending national champions shoot for another good start when they take on the USC Trojans Saturday night on a neutral field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.     Point spread: The Crimson Tide ...

Alabama Will Miss Kirby Smart but in Good Hands

Posted by Christopher Walsh on August 31 2016 Add Comments
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The television cameras may not catch it, but there will come a time during Alabama’s high-profile game against Southern California on Saturday night when something goes wrong for the Crimson Tide defense.  It might be the kind of thing that happens during every game, such as a botched call, missed adjustment or poor substitution. Perhaps it’ll be something much bigger. Regardless, it’ll probably be the first time that not having Kirby Smart on ...

Winners, Losers from College Football Recruiting Trail for August

Posted by Damon Sayles on August 31 2016 Add Comments
In short, August was a huge recruiting month for some programs. Not so much for others. With the college football season ready to kick off, coaches were able to make their final pitches before gearing for upcoming official visits. The next four months will be critical for every school, as they prepare to roll out the proverbial red carpet for heavily targeted athletes nationwide. As we enter September, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Georgia make up the ...

2018 5-Star Taron Vincent Dishes on Recruiting, Advice from NFL Father

Posted by Sanjay Kirpalani on August 31 2016 Add Comments
LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Most players transfer to Florida prep powerhouse IMG Academy to learn in an atmosphere similar to elite college programs and even NFL clubs. For 2018 5-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent, he's been exposed to that type of environment his whole life.  The son of former NFL defensive back Troy Vincent—who currently serves as the NFL executive vice president of football operations—Taron acknowledges the benefits of being able to have his father as a resource ...

B/R Recruiting Breakdown: No. 1 2017 Prospect and Alabama Commit Najee Harris

Posted by Tyler Donohue on August 31 2016 Add Comments
Each week, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue analyzes a different prospect based on in-person evaluation and intensive film study. Here's our latest scouting report of a promising young athlete and how he projects as a college player.         Running back Najee Harris is set to enter his senior high school season sitting atop the 2017 composite recruiting rankings. Expectations couldn't be greater for the 5-star California playmaker, who pledged to Alabama as a sophomore. Harris, who rushed for ...